COVID-19 pandemic has positive environmental impact

COVID-19 pandemic has positive environmental impact

The global COVID-19 pandemic, spreading all over the world, put the cities under the lockdown. Millions of factories closed and the number of vehicles on the roads significantly reduced due to the worldwide quarantine.

The global lockdown affected the environment in the most positive way – it brought nature back to life. Mother Nature is having a time-out from the enormous amount of emissions. International experts say that the novel coronavirus gave a breath of fresh air to the global environment.

Media all over the world publish stories telling how the state of the environment improved in different parts of the planet. People in India could see the Himalayan mountain range for the first time in 10 years due to the reduction in air pollution caused by the country’s lockdown. The air pollution levels in Delhi decreased by 44 percent for the same reason. 

Similar positive changes can be observed in the mountain regions of Kazakhstan. Almaty residents publish videos and photos on their social media of how they are amazed by how clean the air in the city became.

 “The number of vehicles on the city roads decreased five times. The air became much cleaner due to the lack of car emissions. In total, the environmental climate changed. I can see positive changes. Frequent rains also have a positive environmental impact on Almaty,” said environmental activist Timur Yeleusizov.

People are banned from travelling out of the city of their residence. Open air picnics, fishing and hunting are also temporarily banned. As a result, the number of environmental violations decreased as well.

 “Compared with the same season of last year, the number of violations decreased by eight percent. The state of forestry is getting better. We observe less cases of illegal hunting. There are no fishermen on lakes and rivers due to the fact that regional centers and large cities are closed for quarantine. In addition, there are no people having good time on the coastlines who would be littering there. Thus, the nature gets cleaner,” said head of Akmola regional territorial inspection of forestry and wildfire department Mukhit Ramazanov.

Nature is indeed reviving in the large cities of Kazakhstan. Thus, swans arrived in Nur-Sultan due to the cleaner environment. They can be observed in the capital’s botanical garden.

 “There is no guarantee that these swans will stay and start nesting at the botanical garden. Nesting requires certain reed beds, which the capital’s botanic garden lacks,” said ornithologist Ruslan Urazaliyev.